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Early Sechelt

   Billingsley, Gary
    Brackett, Sophie
    Connor, Peggy
    Crowston, Doris

    Hammond, Dick
    Hemstreet, Margaret
    Lemieux, Robert
    MacLarty, Nancy
    McCrimmon, Phyllis
    Nelson, Cay
    Ono, Tommy and Ruby
    Parish, Tom
    Redman, Lee
    Robilliard, Dean
    Robilliard, Dorothy
    Sim, Bert
    Swan, Dr. Alan
    Swanson, Bea
    Sweeny, Isabel
    Thompson, Morgan
    Wigard, Roy

    Wood, Alan

Voices of Early Sechelt -- Interviews

Interview by Rosella Leslie.

Doris Crowston

Dec. 10, 2002

Doris Crowston, nee Ellams, was born in 1917 and brought up in Vancouver where her father worked for the Post Office. She, her brother and parents used to come up on the Union Steamships to Sechelt for a few days each summer in the 1930s. Married to Bruce Crowston in 1945 she continued to live in Vancouver until around 1958 when the family moved up to Sechelt to two lots on the east side of Porpoise Bay. On one lot, Bruce set up a sawmill and developed a campground on the other. The Provincial Government bought the campground lot and a developer the other. Doris and Bruce moved over to the west side of Sechelt Inlet where they developed part of their lot. Both were musical and Doris liked to paint so they joined the Gibson's Art Council and were instrumental in starting an art gallery in Sechelt and getting the Arts Centre built on Trail Avenue. Doris was president of the Arts Council and a director for a number of years.

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